20 Times Kate Middleton & Prince William Forgot the Cameras Were Around

20 Times Kate Middleton & Prince William Forgot the Cameras Were Around
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Sure, their primary jobs are doing charity work, but whether they like it or not, a large part of said work for Kate Middleton and Prince William involves having their photo taken. Like, a lot. Whether they're simply doing a walkabout on Christmas afternoon at Sandringham, attending a sporting event such as Wimbledon, or they are out on an official royal tour, photographers follow the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge everywhere -- so much so that the royal couple must forget that they're being photographed sometimes. Most of the time, the two look camera ready, but once in a while, it seems as if they're clueless to cameras being around. 

The duke and duchess always keep things professional, rarely getting too candid (unlike their more casual counterparts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), but it's impossible to stay "on" when you're being photographed as much as Prince William and Kate Middleton. Now and again, we catch a glimpse of the royal pair "breaking character" and, for better or worse, acting like a regular ol' couple -- and of course, this only makes us love them all the more. 

We applaud the duke and duchess's ability to stay so poised and professional so much of the time, but we also love it when we see their more human, sometimes downright silly sides. From borderline intimate moments to those times they just couldn't stifle their laughter, here are 20 times William and Kate forgot the cameras were around. 

  • Chatting It Up

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    If we swapped out William and Kate's faces here, it would basically look like two seriously well-dressed people out for a casual stroll, no?

  • Glam Vibes

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    Even though they're walking the red carpet, it looks as if Kate completely forgot about the cameras and just wants to share a funny story with her husband. 

  • Is Anyone Else Even There?

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    Who cares? Wills and Kate are only aware of each other. 

    And their drinks. 

  • Party Time

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    Before heading into the Diplomatic Reception in 2017, William and Kate looked like an average couple -- who may or may not have just gotten into a fight -- sitting in the back of a car. 

    Even though said car was a Rolls Royce. Same difference. 

  • Sweet Nothings

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    Either William is about to whisper a sweet nothing into Kate's ear or talk crap about somebody. Either way, it's on camera!

  • Mocking Her Man 

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    Sometimes you've just gotta mock your man for not being able to fold a pretzel properly. 

    And sometimes it's on camera. 

  • Hug Break 

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    William and Kate didn't seem to care about photogs getting a perfect shot. They just needed a moment together. 

  • Dealing With the Kids

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    William and Kate were definitely more in parent mode here than in royal mode. 

  • What Cameras?

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    The duke and duchess only have eyes for each other. 

  • Again, Dealing With the Kids 

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    Who has time to worry about the cameras when you've got potential tantrums on your hands?

  • Bahaha!

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    Kate couldn't keep her poise when William put on a pair of VR glasses. 

  • Trooping the Color 2017

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    When you've got two kids to deal with, who has time to worry about photographers aiming at the Buckingham Palace balcony?

  • Rugby Match 1

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    Kate and William definitely forgot about -- or weren't aware of -- photographers during a rugby match in 2017. 

  • Rugby Match 2

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    Yeah, they definitely weren't aware of photographers, but how cute is Kate Middleton?!

  • 'Candid' Photo  

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    Whether this photo really is candid -- or it's "candid" -- there's no two ways about it. It's perfect. 

  • Parent Mode

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    When the little ones are around, it's nearly impossible to pay attention to the cameras in your face. 

  • Um, WTF?

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    When Kate and William were navigating a super narrow walkway during a 2016 visit to Canada they definitely weren't worried about the cameras. 

  • Laughs for Days

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    Not sure what's going on here, but William and Kate certainly appear to be living in the moment. 

  • Stay Still, George

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    It looks like the main thing on both William and Kate's minds here is keeping toddler George under control -- hence, the double hand holding. 

  • A Stolen Moment 

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    Whether the cameras are around or not, sometimes Will and Kate just need a moment to themselves. 

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